The Madam vs. Eliot Spitzer
If Eliot Spitzer were ever to run for public office again, there's no question that his escapades with call girls would be exploited by any opponent. But I bet Spitzer, aka Client Number 9, never imagined that he would possibly face a rival who had as much -- if not more -- inside dirt on the matter than he did. Talk about opposition research.
Kristin Davis, the self-described Manhattan Madam who helped procure female companions for the former New York governor, has said that she will toss her fishnets into the ring if, as has been reported, Spitzer runs for New York State Comptroller. Davis writes on her Web site announcement that she's incensed at Spitzer's hypocrisy and at the "inequities and sexism in our criminal justice system which penalizes women, minorities and poor people while wealthy, connected white men like Eliot Spitzer evade justice." Davis spent four months behind bars for her role in the prostitution ring; Spitzer was forced from office, but so far he has faced no criminal penalties.
But she's not just incensed and ready to take aim at Spitzer. She's got a plan. The highlights of her agenda: legalize, regulate and tax prostitution and marijuana, a move that she argues would help bring New York's fiscal house into order.
Davis may actually have better real-world credentials for the state's top financial post. On her Web site, she says she managed operations at a hedge fund for 10 years and became a vice president at the age of 26. Perhaps more importantly, she operated a successful international business -- albeit one that skirted the law -- until it ran into trouble after a certain elected official got busted.
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